The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: What’s In It For Hospitals?

Ken Perez

By Ken Perez, vice president of healthcare policy and government affairs, Omnicell, Inc.

On February 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. One week later, on March 6, the U.S. Senate passed its own version of the bill, on a 50-49 party-line vote, under budget reconciliation which allowed for passage of the bill by a simple majority.

The House took it up on March 9. Notably, the Senate removed a phased-in federal $15 minimum-wage mandate.

In late February, the American Hospital Association had lobbied for $35 billion in targeted emergency funding for hospitals across the nation. However, neither the House nor the Senate version included that level of assistance, though H.R. 1319 does include a number of provisions that either directly or indirectly benefit hospitals:

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